Incremental improvements made over the years of production can often add up to make the final model year or two the ones to buy, and that is certainly the case with the Ducati Paso, made 1986-92. Introduced as an air-cooled 750, the Paso evolved into a 900cc water-cooled, fuel-injected sportbike with a slippery fairing which covers all the mechanicals.
The 907IE has a strong ( and rare for Ducati ) square tubing dual cradle frame, completely concealed by the fairing. Water cooling was added to the 904cc engine in 1989, though the heads maintained some of their cooling fins, making the system work better overall. Weber fuel injection gave the 90 hp engine a smooth power curve with good torque available from 3000 rpm. Marzocchi supplied the 42mm forks and rear monoshock, which received excellent reviews. Brembo made the 4-piston calipers for the dual 300mm front brakes, with two-piston 245mm rear. One major update to the driveline was 17-inch tires front and rear, more important these days as 16-inch tires are not widely available.
Offered by a St. Louis specialty car store, this 907IE looks great with under 5,500 miles. Corbin seat and Termignoni carbon mufflers appear to be the only updates, and a missing turn signal lens the only squawk. From the eBay auction:
- Same Owner Since 1998!
- Chassis & engine numbers matching
- Used in Ellese Tennis Shoe commercial in Italy
- 904cc SOHC “L” V-twin engine
- 6-speed transmission
- Termigoni exhaust
- Weber Marelli fuel-injection
- Brembo front & rear brakes
- 3-piece Brembo wheels
- Veglia instruments
- Only 5,467 original miles
Reviewed as a great handler with nicely tuned fuel injection, the 907IE is the Paso to own. The dry multi-plate but hydraulically activated clutch and six-speed trans also impressed the media. Fairly low clip-ons make the country more fun than the city, though you could certainly add bar risers. A love-it-or-hate-it affair, the all-inclusive bodywork looks even better in person than pictures. A pair of cam belts might be in order unless some history is available, but that points out one of the reasons to consider the Desmodue, maintenance that won't be a deal-breaker...